Tikka Masala

Get your passport ready, we are heading to India for this month’s Food of the World.  My contribution to the party, is Tikka Masala – chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, broiled and served in a marsala sauce.  I tried to control the heat of this dish, but it is still pretty spicy!  It is delicious, but you will definitely want to have a cold drink ready!!

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Maybe it is just me, I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy foods.  I’m sure my son will add hot sauce to it to kick up the heat!  If you and your family prefer hot and spicy,  go ahead and double the jalapeno and/or add more cayenne!  Go on, I double dog dare ya. ;)

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Start by mixing the marinade together in a bowl…..

Tikka Masala marinade cookingwithcurls.com

Place the chicken thighs in a large, zipper topped bag, and add the marinade…..

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Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the chicken…..

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Place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to marinate.

Melt butter in a heavy, bottom pan {Dutch oven}.  Add the onion, reduce the heat the medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes until soft…..

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Stir in the jalapeno, coriander, cumin, garam masala, garlic, and ginger…..

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Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to soften the jalapeno.  Add the tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper…..

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Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place chicken on a foil lined baking sheet…..

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Bake for 15 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil chicken just until lightly charred…..

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Remove from oven, and allow to set for 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the coconut milk/cream, cilantro, salt and pepper to the sauce.  Stir to thoroughly combine…..

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Slice or chop chicken and add to the Masala Sauce…..

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Stir to combine…..

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Serve with rice and/or heated Naan bread…..

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Enjoy!!

Tikka Masala

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Meal type Main Course
Tikka Masala is chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, broiled and served in a marsala sauce.

Ingredients

  • Marinade
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 Large cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon grated, fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Masala Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Medium onion (finely diced - about 1 cup)
  • 3 Large cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon grated, fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon diced, jalapeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons garam masala
  • 28 Ounce can roasted, crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (or heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro (plus additional for garnish)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
Place chicken in a large, zipper topped bag. Add the marinade and massage chicken to thoroughly coat.
Place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to marinate.
Heat butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes, until soft.
Add the jalapeno, cumin, coriander, garam masala, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place chicken on a foil lined baking sheet, and bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for fifteen minutes.
Turn on broiler, and broil chicken until lightly charred.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
Slice chicken and add to sauce, stir to combine.
Serve Tikka Masala with rice and/or Naan bread.

Note

If you want more heat, double the amount of jalapeno and add more cayenne.

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Comments

  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    My mouth is watering ….. I can’t even tell you how good this sounds right now! Sharing on FB and pinned!

  2. says

    G’day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe at our #SayGdayParty! Looks delish!
    Please make sure to stop back if you haven’t already and visit some other people’s blogs!
    I am also curious if you have answered any of the questions I asked on my blog about this week’s party?
    Cheers! Joanne

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